New York: D.T. Valentine, 1863.
View. Lithograph with original color. Image measures 7" x 11 1/2"
This beautifully hand-colored view features a depiction of Harlem, as seen from Morisania. Still a rural village at the time, a few structures are seen along the bank of the river, including a Dutch church. Three canoes are moored at the landing of the ferry to Bronkside, near the entrance to a cove. Morisania was a neighborhood in the southwest Bronx, originally owned by the famous Morris family. In 1840, a railroad was built across the property, and by 1850 a small town developed alongside the rail line, called Morrisania Village. This view of Harlem was taken from Morrisania, across the Harlem River. Lithography by George Hayward, made after a painting by Lord Adam Gordon, held by the British Museum. This view was published in the 1863 edition of "Valentine's Manual", a directory of extensive historical and contemporary records of New York. In good condition. Some wear along folds.
David Thomas Valentine (1801-1869) served as the Deputy to the Clerk of the Common Council for thirty-seven years and began publishing the "Manual for the Corporation of the City of New York" in 1841. The Manuals were directories of extensive historical and contemporary records of New York that included facts about the City of New York, city history, city council information, and reported on the progress of public works such as Central Park. Popularly called Valentine's Manuals, the texts were richly illustrated with maps, lithographs, and engravings. This view provides a fascinating look at New York City.
Illustrator: George Hayward